If you’re struggling to come up with game ideas or a well-endowed creator, you can benefit from these tips and make successful game ideas very easily! Just follow these simple tips & tricks and you’ll be able to formulate replayable and enjoyable game ideas within ten minutes!
We’ve all been there, worked incessantly for hours writing code or building for no reason. Its time to put your work in fruition! But… to what? The issue is every idea you have seems hackneyed. Here are my 5 parts to eliminating that problem.
Part 1: Realistic Goals
This one should be relatively self-explanatory. Know your goals. don’t set a high standard for yourself. If you’re going to make a game by yourself that isn’t a showcase you have to know a decent amount of scripting. I believe nobody can tell you how much work you’re capable of doing but yourself. don’t give yourself too much, reference what you’ve done in the past and your typical quitting point. (ex. no, you won’t make phantom forces by yourself in a month.)
Part 2: Tried and Tested
The number one mistake I see is developers coming up with odd new ideas. It is very rare that you’ll become the pioneer of a new genre. If you want to do that refer to part 3. But I’d recommend go back to old games! If they blew up then they’ll blow up now! Honestly its amazing how many games you could fix up and smack an economy on and you’ll be front-page worthy. I have compiled a list of games that you could use as ideas. Many developers who make old games even refurbish them over the years to keep them up to date. For example, CrazyMan32’s “RO-Port Tycoon” that has 17.6M+ visits. CrazyMan32 has been updating the game for the last 11 years. If you have old games that did well, perhaps revisit the idea!
Old Game Examples for Ideas (all broken)
(Ultimate paintball has been remastered like 12 times, flawless.)
Roller Coaster building game idea was remastered with modern technology
Part 3: Honestly, Meditation
If you are adamant about making your own unique idea, this is for you. This may sound crazy but if you go deep into thought and avoid distractions you’ll dream up some pretty wild ideas. Find a cozy spot in your house, I usually sit in my recliner. Make sure there isn’t any noise or light and close your eyes. It’s best not to do this while tired because you don’t want to fall asleep. Think about what you want this game to look like. Think about what works on the front page. Just think, I learned this trick from Dr. Nakamatsu. He has developed over 3,500 patents in his 91 years. He claims to have invented the digital watch, retractable landing gear, and even floppy disks! He attributes this all to his ability to dive deep into his brain for answers. Anyone can do it, I’ve certainly benefitted from it. I’d seriously recommend it.
Part 4: Analysis of What works
Look at the front page, honestly study it. What I’ve noticed is a lot of these games have developers with extensive backgrounds in front page games. What do they know that we don’t? Finance for one. It is very hard to make your game get to the front page without advertisement. You can either hope it gets big in the community or force it into the community. The chances are it won’t get big in the community so you’re better off forcing it. Sponsor your games, advertise them. Make them look good. Game trailers are worth it! What game ideas on the front page get players? How did they come up with those ideas? How can I do something similar? You should be asking yourself these questions. If the front page delights you, you better be fit for it.
Part 5: Teamwork makes the dream work!
Ask your friends what kind of game they want to play. the average human has 86 billion neurons . If you double that you’ve got 172 billion. big numbers huh? Imagine the combined brain power of an entire friend group. I’m absolutely positive that after about twelve (depending on your friends) answers that make you question your sanity you’ll strike gold. Someone will blurt out an idea that leaves you thinking. If you pull a blank honestly just take one of their ideas and build off it. You are the developer here.
Bonus Part 6!!: Talk to others here!
Ask below for ideas or what the community thinks about your ideas. I’m not responsible if they steal your ideas so remember to keep it minimal.
- Set Realistic Goals
- Remaster Old Retired Games
- Search your mind through Meditation
- Analyze what works
- Ask your friends
Thanks so much for reading this, I hope this helped someone!